An overly long reply...
|What i do most of the times just check the wireframes for any suspecius stuff that can cause invisable walls|
What modelling software do you use (I assume it's 3ds Max or G Max with Kam's scripts)?
I'm very meticulous with my modelling (always have been), no unnecessary geometry (or so I thought), welding together all vertices (which I now realise really buggers me up when it comes to fixing the .COL files and creating .LODs), just import one of my lots into Max and take a look.
I think now that this was my downfall.
Almost all of my invisible walls (.COLs of doom) Have been caused by legitimate faces and not rogues.Here's an example.
Here is a very (very) basic building.
One way to model this is one bottomless box on top of another.
The hightlighted poly being the two top faces of the lower box.
This generates 20 faces.
Here's how I've always (meticulously) modelled in 3ds Max.
This generates 26 faces (6 more faces).
It seems to me that, almost always, it's faces (polys) such as these which create the .COL of doom.Here's a real world (sic) example.
On this very lot I had an invisible wall here...
...and after wrestling for a very long time, deleting this and that from the .COL to try and pin it down, I found it (them) here, across the street.What can I say, sometimes the longest way round is the shortest way home.
I hope I've explained this well enough for everyone to understand, I'm no teacher.
If I were, I'd post this in a 'generic, non-MI modding tutorial' topic and not here.JasonB:Warning
: I'm not so sure that the causes of the invisible .COLs of doom are solely confined to vertices which share the same Z location, They may well be X or Y.
The game engine doesn't seem to like thin slithers for .COL faces, if that makes any sense.
Sometimes they create a small localised wall, other times, the wall is impenetrable across the entire lot. Sometimes removing suspected rogues in Colleditor2 makes the problem worse. I know no more than you.
It was never this hard for me in VC.
Wish list: If only we had access to those Rockstar custom Max plug-ins, I'm sure that they didn't have this problem (for 'problem' read 'nightmare').
|Myriad is really filling up nicely and by the think of it im thinking of filling up the Centre of GTI since i still have some stuff lying around here that has never been used for ages so maybe its time for the return of my offices , shops and appartment, and maybe my unused parking lot|
The more we do, the more we do!
MI-train aside, we can always go back and fix something.
We can't always tell if there's anything wrong with our lots until we've released them, we as authors, do become blind through overseeing (sic) woods and trees and all that.
Edited by locO G, 10 May 2006 - 12:59 PM.